The Search

The Search

Director: Fred Zinnemann Cast: Montgomery Clift, Aline MacMahon, Jarmila Novotna

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Overview

The Search

Although Montgomery Clift shot this film following Red River (1948), it was released six months earlier and the combined success of both immediately made him a star. The film, which was the first to be made in Europe after WWII with an American director and cast, was partially based on Europe's Children, a book of photographs by Therese Bonney documenting the orphans of the war. Shot in the American occupied zone of Germany, much of the film, the product of years of research, was based on actual incidents. It opens at the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration camp at which war orphans, who have been found wandering through bombed-out ruins, are given temporary housing. The severely traumatized children, many of whom are survivors of concentration camps whose parents are dead, find normal communication almost impossible. Karel Malik (Ivan Jandl), a young Czech boy, is one of these. His mother, Hanna (Jarmilia Novotna), lost contact with him when they were in Auschwitz and she now travels from one refugee camp to another in search of her son. While being transported in an ambulance, some of the children, including Karel, break out and scatter. American G.I. Ralph Stevenson Clift finds him wandering aimlessly, takes him back to his base to feed him, and begins to teach him English.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
UPC: 0883316204733
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 6,802

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Montgomery Clift Ralph Stevenson
Aline MacMahon Mrs. Murray
Jarmila Novotna Mrs. Malik
Ewart G. Morrison Mr. Crookes
Ivan Jandl Karel Malik
Wendell Corey Jerry Fisher
Mary Patton Mrs. Fisher
Will Rogers Tom Fisher
Leopold Borkowski Joel Makowsky
Claude Gambler Raoul Dubois

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Emil Berna Cinematographer
Robert Blum Score Composer
Hermann Haller Editor
Paul Jarrico Screenwriter
Richard Schweizer Screenwriter
Lazar Wechsler Producer
David Wechsler Screenwriter

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The Search 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TigerMax More than 1 year ago
First saw this movie as a grade school student. Made quite an impression on me and helped shape my adult convictions. Charming and powerful at the same time. Clift is great in his role, and mother and child leave quite an impression also. Do not miss it.